Ste Clotilde De Horton Asylum, Quebec

The Ste Clotilde De Horton Asylum, in the province of Quebec (Canada), is formerly known as the Notre-Dame de la Chesnaie house.
Built in 1939, the former asylum was owned by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart who were settling near Ste Clotilde de Horton.
The building became the Monastery of the Fathers of Sacred Heart.

In 1953, the place was sold to the Brothers of Christian Instruction. They opened the novitiate of the Brothers of the Christian Instruction. Sculpted in the wall of the main hall entrance, you can read the owners motto: “Ad Sinite parvulos venire Me” which means “Let come the children to me”.

Unfortunately, in 1959, on December 25th three young boys died in a fire, started after having played with a lighter in a closet.
The building was partially destroyed by the flames.
This now abandoned place possess a troubled past and a heavy history. Death , abuses, experiments and more are part of it.

The building passed into the hands of the provincial government of Quebec, in 1969. The place was converted in rehabilitation center for 90 patients with intellectual disabilities. Many websites are mentioning that weird experiments were practiced for several years by the doctors there: electroshocks, lobotomies and other physical abuses.

In January 1988, 9 persons died in a massive fire. Some of them were smoking hidden under their sheets, before the fire started.
Following this terrible event, the building was sold to the 7th day Adventist Church. Wishing to convert it into camps (Val-Espoir), but the project was abandoned, and so became the The Ste Clotilde De Horton Asylum.

You can find over the internet, many websites qualifying the abandoned place as an haunted place: paranormal activity, hearing voices, seeing ghosts, unexplained phenomenoms (like a 3 years old little girl running in the woods at 4am etc.) Many videos and photos are available on internet, if you need more info regarding this.

The Ste Clotilde De Horton Asylum in Quebec has been abandoned in 2002. Over the past decade, the dilapidated building has been visited many times by ghost hunters, thrillseekers, urban explorers, photographers and videographers, but also by vandals, leaving their marks on the abandoned building. Graffiti and vandalism are now part of the place.
That’s why the neighbor of the place (maybe the owner), will charge you 10 bucks to let you visit the spooky place at your own risk.
I guess that was the first time for me and my friend Jarold to pay for urban exploration. But after that, we have been able to explore the building freely.
By the way, we didn’t photograph or report any paranormal activity there.

I hope you like the photographs.

Take care and take photos!

Urban exploration can be dangerous and illegal, so please be careful if you visit those abandoned places. We do not encourage you to explore them, but if you do, please respect those old places. You enter at your own risks!

15 comments on “Ste Clotilde De Horton Asylum, Quebec

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  2. Claude on said:

    Good Morning,
    I am a photographer from the Ottawa area and an organizer of photo events with “Ottawa Photo Meetup” One of the members suggested your site Ste Clotilde De Horton to go photograph this summer. I was wondering how easy it is to get in those places? or if you have hints and tips on how to approach this…



    • Ansermoz Photograhy on said:

      Hi Claude, thank you for the message.
      It’s not that complicated to get in, but I think you have to deal with the neighbor first.
      When we were there, I think he noticed some noisy teenagers who were exploring the place, not that discretely… so he came on site, and then we went to see him.
      We paid 10 bucks each to explore more peacefully the abandoned place.

  3. Julie on said:

    Bonjour! Je me demandais comment on peut entrer en contact avec le proprio de l’endroit?



    • fred on said:

      le proprio s appel Roger le coût est de 10$ par personne ouvert 7j7s

  4. Louis De Ste-Clotilde on said:

    Bonjour. Pourrait-il être fait mention que les allégations de mauvais traitements et expériences malsaine ne sont pas fondées? Le bâtiment n’a en effet jamais hébergé d’activités médicales

  5. dalcourt linda on said:

    Comment puis-je visiter le site SVP (voyante)

  6. dalcourt linda on said:

    Comment puis-je visiter le site?

    • Ansermoz Photograhy on said:

      Bonjour Linda et désolé de cette réponse très tardive!
      Je ne donne pas d’indication sur les endroits abandonnés, mais on voit bien le bâtiment depuis la route.
      Il faut surement aller voir le voisin qui habite juste a côté, car je pense qu’il viendra vous voir sinon.

    • Eric on said:

      J’aimerais savoir si l’accès est encore possible c’est pour un shooting photo si oui combiens et comment contacter le proprio pour réserve l’endroit pour pas me déplacer pour rien.

  7. Sara on said:

    J’adore tes photos étant moi-même future photographe je les trouves superbes !

    • Ansermoz Photograhy on said:

      Merci beaucoup Sara! (En retard)
      Je te souhaite beaucoup de plaisir dans la photo :)

  8. Paisley Lauren on said:

    Hello! Was wondering if you could provide the address you used to find it? I can’t seem to find in on the internet.

    Thanks so much,

    • Ansermoz Photograhy on said:

      Hi Lauren, sorry but I don’t provide locations here, as there is still some stupid vandals who go to visit and destroy those abandoned places, but it’s quite a huge building, so not so difficult to see it from the road.
      Enjoy your urban explorations!

  9. Maria on said:

    On aimerai visite la place jeudi soir. 6h45 pm on sera la. Ca coute tu quelques chose?

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